In 2018, the pope established yet another Marian feast; it is also another movable feast, set on the Monday after Pentecost - which might not be today - depending upon when you read this.
Okay, I get it, it is May, the month of and one letter off from Mary. Mary permeates this month in so many feasts that we can become complacent to her role.
One of the rules of liturgy is to avoid the multiplication of symbols to keep distractions to a minimum and help the faithful to focus in the right place at the right time.
We do not seem to practice this when it comes to Mary. She weaves through the calendar not just in this month but throughout the year. We can become inured to the celebrations of Mary, overwhelmed, or just dismissive of them.
Today calls us to just remember that Christ is the head of the Church, that we are his Body and therefore Mary is the mother of us through being the mother of Jesus. She is Theotokos - God bearer. She lives for us and for all who seek salvation because she lives for her son. That is something we should celebrate all year long.
Standing by the cross of Jesus were his mother and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary of Magdala. When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple there whom he loved, he said to his mother, “Woman, behold, your son.” Then he said to the disciple, “Behold, your mother.” And from that hour the disciple took her into his home.
-- John 19:25-27
Truth to Ponder
I decided to spend a year thinking about the Faith celebrated in the sanctoral calendar. There are also just some events, Scriptural, and other quotes that strike me on random days; or randomly on days, as the case may be.
Saint's Days by Month
Days by Entry